14 natural treatments for a slipped disc

If you have been experiencing painful symptoms caused by a slipped disc, you might be wondering whether or not you will need surgery, what the next steps are and if there are ways to treat a slipped disc naturally.

A slipped disc can typically be treated with natural and conservative options, avoiding surgical intervention. Each person and their condition is unique. What works for one person won’t work for another. It is important to try different combinations of conservative treatment options before considering surgery as a last resort.

14 natural treatments for a slipped disc

  1. Rest your back and get an adequate amount of sleep each night to allow your body time to heal.
  2. Alternate heat and ice therapy to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation and swelling.
  3. Participate in low-impact exercise, such as walking or swimming.
  4. Work with a physical therapist to strengthen your spine and improve flexibility.
  5. Practice yoga to increase flexibility and stay active.
  6. Schedule massage therapy sessions to relieve pain and relax muscles.
  7. Use a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulations (TENS) machine to help relax muscles and relieve pain.
  8. Eat a healthy diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein to avoid inflammation in the body.
  9. Maintain a healthy body weight and lose excess weight if needed.
  10. If you smoke, quit smoking as soon as possible.
  11. Schedule acupuncture sessions.
  12. Avoid staying in one position for an extended period of time.
  13. Practice good posture, keeping your back straight and your shoulders up.
  14. Visit a chiropractor for manual adjustments.

In addition to the natural slipped disc treatments discussed above, pain medication and steroid injections are also conservative treatment options that can help to relieve slipped disc symptoms. For most people natural and conservative treatment options control the symptoms of a slipped disc and successfully relieve pain. For some people, symptoms persist or worsen. For these people minimally invasive spine surgery can help to relieve pain and to return to everyday activities.

Most patients who undergo minimally invasive spine surgery return to work and everyday activities within three months of surgery. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to find out more about our minimally invasive procedures for a slipped disc. We have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain.